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ERIC Number: EJ784005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Interaction in Online Courses for Teacher Education: Subject Matter and Pedagogy
McCrory, Raven; Putnam, Ralph; Jansen, Amanda
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v16 n2 p155-180 Mar 2008
This article explores results from a research project studying teacher learning and faculty teaching in two online courses for teachers in a master's degree program. We focus on the interactions among students in online small-group discussions. We argue that three aspects of the online courses impact the way students enter into discussions online, and consequently, what they have opportunities to learn: (a) the subject matter itself, (b) the representations and media through which the subject matter is engaged, and (c) the tasks students are asked to carry out online. In addition, we argue that students' disposition to engage in constructive discourse (or not) is an important and only partly controllable factor in what happens in online discussion. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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